2006 Mazda MAZDASPEED MAZDA6 Sport 4dr Sport Sedan AWD (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
This car is one of the few cars that really feels like it gets lighter and more agile the harder you drive it. Under normal driving circumstances, it seems heavy and sluggish, almost annoyingly so. When you push it, it just keeps getting better. Overall, a very enjoyable car and definitely a steal if you can get some discounts/rebates, as I did. My previous car was an RX-8 and this car pales in comparison, but the car before that was a WRX and this car is much more enjoyable. The AWD works great in the snow with a decent set of all seasons on it. Don't waste your time trying to negotiate snowy roads on the summer tires. Plenty of room for my growing family.
Loads of usable power. Handles very well when pushed. Comfortable on trips. Pretty nice looking at most angles. Black Cherry Mica Paint is MILES deep, the metallic/mica in this paint is incredible for a factory paint job.
Phony tailpipes must go. A few simple, cost effective mods go a long way toward cleaning up the power delivery and let this car stretch it's legs closer to redline (Mazda should have done some of them). I wish the steering and clutch were a little lighter in everyday driving.